JUNIPER KAI: SUPER SPY
By: Laura Gehl
Illustrated by: Alexandria Neonakis
Published: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Two Lions
Juniper Kai is a great spy. She has all the tools, spy-o-scopes, fingerprint powder, and wigs. She loves playing spy with her mom and dad, but lately, they have been a bit preoccupied. Juniper is the only kid on her street, so she has to find a way to spy on her own.
It seems mom and dad are being more and more secretive and Juniper decides to use her best spy-tactics to get to the bottom of what is so secret. When she is finally able to put all the clues together, she realizes it may just be the best secret she has ever discovered.
The pages are full of exciting things to see and Neonakis takes care to insert all kinds of spy gear and hints with bright and fun illustrations. I loved all the disguises she created for Juniper Kai. She thought of everything including an evidence board and laser movement detectors. Laura Gehl is the queen of children’s books and writes silly stories that kids can relate to. I loved that this book includes a diverse family including a dad with glasses and a mom that isn’t perfectly skinny.
I hate to give away the big reveal, but I’ll hint that this just “might” be a great book for a future big sister. It’s a really sweet story and reading it would be a great way to share the news with a future big sister.
Laura Gehl is the author of many popular picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; the Peep and Egg series, illustrated by Joyce Wan; and My Pillow Keeps Moving, illustrated by Christopher Weyant. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with one husband, four children, and seventeen fake mustaches. Visit Laura online at www.lauragehl.com.
Alexandria Neonakis grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her huge family. She now lives in California with her husband and their two cats. In addition to illustrating children’s books, she works as a character- concept artist for video games. Her recent children’s books includeSweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk and This Is MY Room by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Learn more about her online at www.alexneonakis.com.
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